The Designer

Dawn Renee McDonald came to Japan more than 20 years ago to work in the fashion industry. For the last 7 years she has been designing her own jewelry, but, since she always had a love for Japanese art and fashion, she wanted to do something more that combined her artistic ideas with the Japanese designs, colors, and images.

 

“I have always been drawn to the kimono and obi, their colors and patterns have always been a formidable force in my approach to fashion.Not only did I fall in love with the kimono designs but I also fell in love with how each and everyone has a unique story to tell."

-Dawn Renee

Our Bags

All our bags are crafted from vintage Kimono and Obi material specially chosen for their color, texture and beauty.We design them to keep the same characteristics as the original garment which it once was a part of.The fabric of the garment is carefully taken apart and then meticulously handcrafted to create our beautiful Rinne bags.

 

On average, each bag will take about 3 hours to complete. It is handmade from start to finish. The process starts from deciding on the fabric and pattern, cutting the fabric, followed by ironing, sewing and stitching. Each handbag ,even the bags used from the same fabric, are unique and different. No two bags are the same.

Our vision

The kimono and obi are so incredibly beautiful but the use of them has greatly diminished. Their existence is disappearing due to the changes in our modern lifestyle and fashion. These traditional vintage items have sadly become a past time, the younger generation’s fashion has changed and so the kimono no longer has a place in the ever-growing fashion industry.

 

Our vision is to bring back some of the history, colors, ideas and amazing craftsmanship from the past by creating something avant-garde, universal and wearable for the modern day woman and man.Our bags are stylish, colorful, exciting and each with its own extraordinary story.We hope that you too will enjoy seeing the newly renewed beauty in all of our recreations.

 

Our Name

Rinne 輪廻 is a Japanese word, meaning “to go around, revolve, reincarnate, and to return to the starting point of the circle. It is also the Buddhist term for "samsara." Samsara is the theory of rebirth and “the cycle of all life, matter, and existence, and not having a beginning or end.

Since we will be up-cycling vintage goods we thought this name would perfectly represent us and our brand.We are reviving the beauty of the past and bringing it to life in the present, taking the old ways and making it new, making a complete round-from historical to modern, therefore having an endless cycle of ancient beauty.​

Our Logo

Font: Our font is designed to replicate Kanteiryu (Kantei-Style). It is based on the style of letters used in the titles and billboards of Kabuki plays.The original style, as legend has it, was developed by the calligrapher Okazakiya Kanroku (also known as Kantei) in 1779 during the Edo Period.  The letters were written to fill the writing area with very little spaces between the letters, as a metaphor for filling the theater. It is a dying form of writing in Japan so we wanted to incorporate it in our name and logo as an homage to the Japanese culture and history. The meaning is also very unique as it means less negative space- bringing good luck to the play or the creation.

Design: The circular shape was chosen for our logo because of the connotation it holds with reincarnation and the circle of life. The shape also resembles a traditional Japanese hanko (stamp.) In Japan, the Hanko's are as unique as a fingerprint, therefore they are used to replace the handwritten signature. 

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Address: Osaka-shi, Abeno-ku, Harimacho 1-8-28 2F

​大阪市阿倍野区播磨町1−8−28

TEL: 06-6627-1190

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